FRCC: A Smart Investment

A Smart Investment

Why Front Range Community College?

Building programs is what Front Range Community College does well. We opened our doors to students 50 years ago with a clear goal in mind: successful students and successful communities.

In the manufacturing sector, FRCC has established itself as a leader in Colorado with exceptionally successful programs in:

Welding Technology opened in the 1970s at the Larimer Campus in Fort Collins. To address industry and community needs, FRCC expanded the program by 30 percent in 2013. Within 24 hours, the program was full. It continues to be extremely popular, with more than 300 students enrolled.

Manufacturing and Energy Technology opened in 2011 at the Larimer Campus, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance grant program. Students can leave the program after the first year with a certificate in industrial maintenance.

As part of the CIM proposal, energy tech course offerings will be changed to support new standards in automation and engineering technology.

Boulder County is a national optics technology and manufacturing hub. The Colorado Photonics Industry Association (CPIA) asked FRCC in 2015 to start a program that would address a workforce shortfall.

Lynn Vosler, FRCC's Workforce Development director, formed a focus group of industry partners to help create a structure and curriculum. Optics Technology opened in fall 2017 at the Boulder County Campus in Longmont.

Precision Machining Technology at the Boulder County Campus started with a federal Trade Adjustment Act grant. In large part, it has been successful because of its strong relationships with employers.

When the program opened in 2014, FRCC staff worked closely with employers to ensure that the competencies being taught met their needs. Machinists helped design the curriculum. 

To reinforce the alignment of the machining curriculum with necessary skills, the program is one of two in the Rocky Mountain region accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Students earn nationally recognized NIMS certificates.

Since 2014, FRCC has trained more than 500 entry-level and experienced machinists—with a job placement rate for non-incumbent students of over 80 percent.

These programs enroll more than 400 students each year. Industry partners rely on these programs for highly trained new employees.

“Front Range Community College’s machining program has been instrumental in helping us recruit highly skilled employees ready to hit the ground running at our manufacturing facility," says Marni Urbach, HR director at Tecomet Inc. "We also enroll incumbent employees in some machining courses to further their education and career growth. As a result, this increases our overall productivity and efficiency.”

500 machinists and technicians trained by FRCC since 2014. 80% of FRCC's job placement rate for non-incumbent students.
"FRCC's machining program has been instrumental in helping us recruit highly skilled employees [who are] ready to hit the ground running."

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